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Program of Meetings

Our monthly Program meetings take place October through May, the first Tuesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) beginning with refreshments at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society. These programs are open to the public.

New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline
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April 1, 2014, 7:30pm

The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s & 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment & mutual support. Steve Taylor analyzes the rapid social & economic changes that would eventually force the steep decline of the once-powerful movement. This program is sponsored by the NHHC

Our Third Mother-Daughter History Day

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at The Exeter Historical Society


Join us for a special Mother-Daughter event featuring historically-themed fun and games, capped off with a real tea party. Come dressed for tea and bring your dolls to enjoy an afternoon with us:

Write secret messages
Make Spring-themed crafts
Complete a scavenger hunt
Enjoy games and activities from the past

Cost: $25 for each mother-daughter pair; $5 for each additional child. (Please, no more than three children per adult.) This event is for children ages five and up. (Members price is $15 per m/d pair.)

Registration begins March 17th with your payment by cash, check, or PayPal. Email or call the historical society at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 603-778-2335. Please register early; space is limited! Click here to download the registration form. Send the form and payment to Exeter Historical Society, PO Box 924, Exeter, NH 03833.


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Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Youth Night
Thursday, May 1, 7 - 8:30pm at Exeter Historical Society
47 Front Street, Exeter, NH

The Exeter Historical Society is hosting our eighth annual Youth Night, Thursday, May 1, 2014, featuring the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award Winners.  The event begins at 7 p.m. with refreshments and music performed by students. The event is generously sponsored by Service Credit Union.


Julie Gilman, Exeter native and Selectwoman, will be delivering the opening remarks. The student winners of the Nancy Carnegie Merrill History Award will be reading their winning papers aloud during Youth Night, prior to the presentation of the awards.  


The award is named for Nancy Carnegie Merrill, esteemed citizen and Exeter town historian.  Mrs. Merrill, a graduate of The College of William & Mary in Virginia and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, moved to Exeter, NH, from her native Ohio in 1949 to be the school nurse for SAU16. Her nursing career ceased in 1952 when she married David D. Merrill. After her husband’s death in 1975, she earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Rhode Island and served as the reference librarian at the Exeter Public Library. Mrs. Merrill’s interest in local history, backed by her skill and patience as a researcher, has benefited readers of her many newspaper articles and of her important 1988 town history," Exeter, New Hampshire 1888-1988." During her career as a local historian, Mrs. Merrill was the director of collections at the Exeter Historical Society for 25 years, as well as serving on the New Hampshire American Revolution Bicentennial Commission, as a trustee of the New Hampshire Historical Society and historian of the Congregational Church. Mrs. Merrill retired from the society in 2000.


This program is generously sponsored by Service Credit Union. Service Credit Union is a full service financial institution, offering a wide range of financial products to its members. With 38 branch locations including two staffed 24/7 contact centers, and full internet banking services, Service Credit Union serves anyone who lives or works in New Hampshire (excluding Coos County), 4 towns in Cape Cod, MA., and all branches of the U.S. Military and Department of Defense employees and their families. With over $2 billion in assets, Service Credit Union has 21 branches in New Hampshire, one in Massachusetts, and 16 branches on U.S. military bases in Germany.

Isles of Shoals, Then and Now

Exeter Historical Society's Annual Meeting

May 6, 2014, 7:30pm

The Historical Society’s Annual Meeting followed by an illustrated lecture by Sue Reynolds of the history & sustainability of Star Island & the Isles in their natural state. 

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